BIG ‘CAP DAY OFFERS HUGE GUARANTEED POOLS Richard Mandella3472721%47%$629,065 Bob Baffert6617141326%67%$1,370,752 TRUE VALOUR PURSUES GRADE I STATUS IN KILROE Geovanni Franco761210616%37%$643,600 Philip D’Amato769121112%42%$704,588 Mike Puype3664617%44%$324,620 John Sadler6310111216%52%$688,179 Edwin Maldonado70710710%34%$264,075 SHIRREFFS SEEKS SAN FELIPE, BIG ‘CAP DOUBLE SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joel Rosario12233301927%67%$1,851,954 (Current Through Sunday, March 1) Tiago Pereira10717141716%45%$874,502 Abel Cedillo21232362915%46%$1,964,548 Craig Anthony Lewis39631215%54%$378,441 Mario Gutierrez75911812%37%$592,361 Andrew Lerner2865221%46%$279,502 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Ruben Fuentes751110315%32%$506,801 BEJARANO TO SEEK A FRESH START NEXT MONTH Jeff Mullins4698620%50%$533,431 Agapito Delgadillo6065910%33%$353,521 Victor Espinoza4776815%45%$623,457 J.C. Diaz, Jr.68751110%34%$315,061 Doug O’Neill8711171013%44%$716,177 Flavien Prat14233312323%61%$1,834,044 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jorge Velez1481417299%41%$785,899 RACEGOER TO ATTEND HIS 72ND STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP BAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN CARLOS Drayden Van Dyke962018821%48%$1,181,821 HONOR A.P., MIDCOURT SET SATURDAY FOR SHIRREFFS Tomorrow, John Shirreffs could enhance a resume already worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.The 74-year-old former Marine and surfing aficionado sends out promising Triple Crown prospect Honor A.P. in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4, and win-happy Midcourt in the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap.The San Felipe is the West’s most anticipated three-year-old race to date this year, offering $400,000 in purse money but more importantly, 85 qualifying points to the May 2 Kentucky Derby, 50 to the winner, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third-place horse and five to the fourth.Also featured on Santa Anita’s most attractive and appealing card of the 2020 Winter Meet are the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf, the Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes.First post time for the 12-race program is 11:30 a.m. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.Honor A.P., an $850,000 son of the A.P. Indy stallion Honor Code, was second in his debut last August before returning two months later to score a dazzling 5 ¼ length triumph going a mile at Santa Anita in 1:37.80.“He’s been training very well,” Shirreffs said of the ridgling owned by the C R K Stable. “I think he’s ready to run and I’m optimistic.”Facing two undefeated Bob Baffert-trained runners and champion Storm the Court, Honor A.P. could benefit from a parsimonious pace.Baffert, who has won the San Felipe a record six times, will be represented by the two favorites, Authentic and Thousand Words, while Honor A.P. will likely vie with Storm the Court as third betting choice.“Both my horses are coming into the race really well,” Baffert said. “There are no excuses.”Shirreffs’ lone victory in the San Felipe came with A.P. Warrior in 2006. A.P. Warrior was a son of the great Seattle Slew stallion A.P. Indy, who died just two weeks ago on Feb. 21. Thus, should Honor A.P. capture the San Felipe, Shirreffs would have the distinction of winning it with a son and a grandson of A.P. Indy, whose many achievements were capped with a Horse of the Year crown in 1992.In a career of just over a quarter of a century, Shirreffs has never won the Santa Anita Handicap. He was second with Niko Bay to the Baffert-trained Misremembered in 2010.Midcourt, winner of five of seven races since Shirreffs began training the son of Midnight Lute a year ago, was third to Big ‘Cap favorite Gift Box in the San Antonio Stakes last Dec. 28. Midcourt will be out to turn the tables on Gift Box tomorrow, preventing his trainer, John Sadler, from becoming the first conditioner in 84 editions of the Santa Anita Handicap to win it three straight years.Midcourt had won four straight races before losing the San Antonio, in which he was off slowly. “The track kind of broke away from him,” Shirreffs explained. “He didn’t get away from the gate very well.”The least of Shirreffs’ worries for his runners should be his riders, Mike Smith on Honor A.P. and Victor Espinoza aboard Midcourt. While each is approaching Senior Citizen status at 54 and 47, respectively, both are in the Hall of Fame and achieved perhaps racing’s rarest feat, a Triple Crown sweep, Espinoza on American Pharoah in 2015 and Smith on Justify in 2018.“Not bad, huh?” Shirreffs laughed, when apprised of giving two Triple Crown winning riders a leg up on his horses in graded stakes the same day. “Both are very professional about the business of horses and are very good horsemen as well.“They really understand the horse. After a race, they’re always able to provide meaningful information and insight.”The San Felipe: Fort McHenry, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; Honor A.P., Mike Smith, 4-1; Wrecking Crew, Tyler Gaffalione, 12-1; Authentic, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-5; Thousand Words, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Storm the Court, Joel Rosario, 5-1; and Swagsational, Kassie Guglielmino, 50-1.The Santa Anita Handicap: Multiplier, Tyler Gaffalione, 20-1; Two Thirty Five, Ruben Fuentes, 12-1; Brown Storm, Hector Berrios, 20-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 6-5; Midcourt, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; Combatant, Umberto Rispoli, 12-1; Hofburg, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Endorsed, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1.BIG ‘CAP DAY OFFERS HUGE GUARANTEED POOLSIn addition to the Santa Anita Handicap and four other stakes tomorrow, fans can look forward to tremendous betting value, as massive guaranteed pools with be offered throughout the 12-race program, which boasts average field size of 9.5 horses per race.With a guaranteed single ticket payout of $1 million, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot will initiate with race seven, China Doll Stakes.The 50 cent Late Pick 5, which has a guaranteed pool of $500,000, will begin with race eight, the San Felipe Stakes.With a guaranteed pool of $750,000, Santa Anita’s 50 cent Late Pick 4 will begin with race nine, a one mile turf allowance for fillies and mares.There will be a $100,000 guaranteed pool in the all new five dollar Golden Hour Double, which includes the last race from both Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields. The Golden Hour Double features a low 15 percent takeout.All on-track Thoroughbreds and XB Rewards members will receive a free Santa Anita Gym Bag, courtesy of San Manuel Casino, while supplies last.BIG ‘CAP DAY BY THE NUMBERS:–First post time at 11:30 a.m., admission gates open at 10 a.m.–Free Gym Bag, from San Manuel Casino, to Thoroughbreds & XB Reward members–Free Infield General Admission & Parking via 6 off of Colorado Place–$5 General Admission, $10 Club House–$1 million guaranteed payout to any 20 cent single ticket Rainbow Pick Six winner–$750,000 guaranteed pool in 50 cent Late Pick 4–$500,000 guaranteed pool in 50 cent Late Pick 5–$100,000 guaranteed pool in $5 Golden Hour DoubleFor additional information regarding Santa Anita Handicap Day, this Saturday, March 7, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.VETERAN RACEGOER TO ATTEND 72ND CONSECUTIVE BIG ‘CAP “It all started in 1949.” That from veteran racegoer and recently retired Senior Editor of the Beverly Hills Courier, John Seitz, who will be attending his 72nd consecutive Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday and who proudly states, “I just celebrated my 42nd birthday, times two!”Reached by telephone at his home in Bel Air, Seitz, who grew up going to the races in Southern California with his parents, recounts with acute clarity what impressed him as a young boy attending his first Big ‘Cap, the world’s most prestigious race for older horses, in 1949.“It was raining and muddy and Vulcan’s Forge, a big longshot won it (ridden by Dave Gorman and trained by G.D. Cameron, he paid $42.60 to win). The next year, 1950, Noor beat Citation (with Johnny Longden up for Burley Parke, Noor toted 110 pounds while Citation with Eddie Arcaro aboard, was assigned 132 pounds). And then in 1951, Moonrush (Longden) beat a great filly, Next Move (Eric Guerin). She was owned by the Vanderbilt family and it was such a big thing with her running in the Big ‘Cap.”While he readily acknowledges the Santa Anita Handicap doesn’t have the same significance it did for many decades, Seitz is eager to offer up ideas to help the “Granddaddy of them all.”“It’s still a heckuva race, but I’d like to see it moved back a bit on the calendar, to the mid-point of the Triple Crown,” he said. “That way, there’d be some separation from the Dubai World Cup and the timing would be better.” What is it about racing that most appeals to Seitz?“The people. The first time I went to the races was in the summer of 1945 and it was tremendous. I loved the atmosphere and everything about it and still do. I went to the races at Hollywood Park with my parents on June 20, 1947. My dad was in the movie business and he had a box next to George Raft, who introduced us to a friend of his, Ben Siegel.“Well, we found out a couple days later Ben had gone to his girlfriend’s house after the races that night and things didn’t go well. Ben was ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, and he had a few enemies.”Ah, the memories, and although Seitz and millions of fans nationwide experienced the Big ‘Cap in its heyday, Seitz is every bit as enthusiastic about this year’s running as the previous 71.“I wouldn’t miss tomorrow for anything.” TRUE VALOUR EYES TRUER TRIP IN KILROE MILESimon Callaghan is hoping for better luck when True Valour runs in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.The Irish-bred six-year-old full horse had issues in his last three races since winning the Grade II City of Hope Mile last Oct. 5. “He’s training very well,” the trainer said, “but he didn’t get the best of trips last time (steadying when third in the Thunder Road on Feb.8). He’s got to be ridden properly and things didn’t unfold right for him, but he’s coming into this race well.“The mare (Got Stormy) is tough but if everything goes right, he’ll be right there.”Callaghan also has two entered in the China Doll for three-year-old fillies at one mile on turf, Bella Vita and Triana.“Bella Vita is stretching out (from 5 1/2 furlongs) but I think she can do it,” Callaghan said. “She has a good mind and I think she’ll relax. She’s a nice filly and this is the next step.“Triana has been running in Italy and this is her first start in the U.S. I think she’ll be coming off the pace and running late. Her stallion (Sir Prancealot) seems to move horses up a lot over here. She’s done everything right and I think she’s ready to run a good race.”The Kilroe: True Valour, Umberto Rispoli, 6-1; River Boyne, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Got Stormy, Tyler Gaffalione, 5-2; Next Shares, Flavien Prat, 10-1; Sellwood, Mike Smith, 15-1; Ohio, Jose Valdivia Jr., 6-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Frontier Market, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Sash, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; and Desert Stone, Geovanni Franco, 10-1.ROADSTER, McKALE IN SAN CARLOS FOR BAFFERT Roadster returns to one of his favorite distances and McKale is likely to make his presence felt on the pace for Bob Baffert, who sends out both horses in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs.“He’s run well at that distance,” Baffert said of Roadster, last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner who is coming off a disappointing seventh in the nine furlong San Pasqual Stakes Feb. 1 but who was second in the Grade I Malibu Stakes before that last Dec. 29.“I wanted to run him in the Big ‘Cap but his last race was just lethargic. It’s a tough race and he never draws well (post three of six). He always draws inside. McKale is fast and this might be a little far for him, but he’s doing well. They both worked extremely well the other day so this should set them up for races down the road, like the one-turn Met Mile.”The San Carlos: Manhattan Up, Tiago Pereira, 6-1; Flagstaff, Victor Espinoza, 8-5; Roadster, Mike Smith, 5-2; St. Joe Bay, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Law Abidin Citizen, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; and McKale, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1.AGENTLESS RISPOLI LIKELY TO REMAIN AT SANTA ANITAUmberto Rispoli was still undecided Friday morning as to his new agent and where he would continue to ride in the future.The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native of Italy was left agentless when it was announced last Saturday that his agent, Ron Anderson, will now represent Hall of Fame member John Velazquez in addition to future Hall of Famer Joel Rosario, leaving Rispoli open.“I think I’m going to stay (here),” said Rispoli, who has his wife, Kimberley, and their son, Hayden, 2 ½, in California. “But I still have no plan, no agent. I’m going to Italy Sunday to pick up my visa, and when I return, I’ll go forward. I’ve had no inquiries from other agents.”BEJARANO MULLS MOVE TO KENTUCKY FOLLOWING SA DERBYRafael Bejarano, a long-time successful fixture on the Southern California circuit, will make a fresh start come April, his agent, Tora Yamaguchi, said Friday morning.“He’s enjoyed his time here, but as of late, opportunities here have been scarce,” Yamaguchi said. “He’ll remain here through the Santa Anita Derby (April 4), then will consider going to Keeneland after that to ride there and later at Churchill Downs.”A 37-year-old native of Peru, through 33 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, Bejarano had four wins, 12 seconds and 12 thirds from 66 mounts.FINISH LINES: Hard Not to Love, the one-eyed wonder filly, worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 this morning under Mike Smith for the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14 . . . Also working wasTriple Crown hopeful American Theorem,scheduled to make his three-year-old debut in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 14 for trainer George Papaprodromou. Regular rider Tiago Pereira was aboard. Venetian Harbor, prepping for the Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, went five furlongs in 1:00.40 for leading trainer Richard Baltas . . .Streaking stakes winner Fashionably Fast, winner of last Sunday’s Tiznow Stakes, went back to the track today but trainer Dean Pederson had no word on his next race. “We’re in no hurry to do anything special,”Pederson said of the son of Lucky Pulpit, whose Tiznow victory was his sixth in a row . . . Thomas Goldsmith, 2020 National Handicapping Champion, and Trey Stiles, NHC qualifier for 18 consecutive years, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 10:20 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studio . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 6th, 2020Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for March 6th, 2020WORKOUTS:Venetian Harbor (Baltas) 03/06/20American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 03/06/20Lazy Daisy (Outside) and A Thousand Dreams (O’Neill) 03/06/20Nonno’s Polaris (Outside) and Platinum Equity (Knapp) 03/06/20Gingham (Outside) and Much More Halo (Baffert) 03/05/20Eclair (Baffert) 03/05/20Eight Rings (Inside) and JZ My Man (Baffert) 03/05/20Hofburg (Mott) 03/04/20Queen Bee To You (Outside) and Lay The Floor (Lerner) 03/04/20Orquidias Biz (Mullins) 03/04/20Improbable (Baffert) 03/04/20Thousand Words (Outside) and Dr. Dorr (Baffert) 03/02/20Charlatan (Outside) and Fay Dan (Baffert) 03/02/20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 03/02/20Midcourt (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Gift Box (Sadler) 03/01/20 Richard Baltas922016822%48%$1,355,082 Steve Knapp4499520%52%$359,462 Mike Smith4594520%40%$927,682 Umberto Rispoli12628201822%52%$1,300,976 Peter Miller60186530%48%$948,676 Assael Espinoza5366911%40%$204,572 RISPOLI PONDERS FUTURE AFTER AGENT DEPARTS Michael McCarthy3593426%46%$342,045 Mark Glatt67771510%43%$352,381 Brian Koriner3783822%51%$327,922
He’s back: Djokovic tops Nadal to reach 5th Wimbledon final Elorde floored Sawangsoda thrice in the third round.After the Sawangsoda mustered enough strength to get back on his feet after the second knockdown, Elorde went for the finish and a crushing right did the trick, prompting the referee to stop the fight at the 2:58 mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The 31-year-old Elorde improved to 26-1 with 14 knockouts while Sawangsoda, who has 12 wins, absorbed his third loss. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team KUALA LUMPUR — Juan Miguel Elorde got things going for the Filipinos with an impressive win in the curtain raiser of The Fight of Champions card Sunday morning at Axiata Arena here.The grandson of the great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde needed only three rounds to dispose of Thailand’s Ratchanon Sawangsoda in their junior featherweight bout.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins
Turbo training classes will be taking place at Ferris Fast Cycles, and will begin Tuesday, Feb.28, with the second session being held on Thursday, March.1.After a couple training sessions, the Club will be holding the first race of the 2012 season. Racers will begin this year’s season on Sunday, March.4 in a Baldonnel pavement road race.The race will begin at the Baldonnel School, and will run 18 km to the paved road and back. The race will begin at 2 p.m. and racers should expect a crisp -2 degrees.- Advertisement -The next race will be held on March.11.This year the Blizzard Bike Club will be celebrating its 30th year in existence, as cycling enthusiasts started it back in 1983.
CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. — The evacuation order in Charlie Lake has been lifted. However, an alert is still in place for.281 Road south of Highway 29N including Joyce Avenue and Jensen Avenue279 Road south of Highway 29N including Koop Road up to the boundary of Tea CreekThere is a chance an evacuation order could go back into place.For more information, contact the Peace River Regional District at 250 784-4838 or 250 784-3200.- Advertisement –
0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate Ovella Ochieng’s first half goal against Zanzibar during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 21- Harambee Stars’ positive ending to the year has continued after they rose five places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, moving to 106th from a low of 111 during the last set of rankings.Save for the CECAFA Senior Challenge, Kenya has not played any international ties and of all the CECAFA games played only results against Libya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi would count as Zanzibar is not recognized as a full FIFA member. Kenya won against Rwanda (2-0) and Tanzania (1-0) in the group stages, drew 0-0 with Libya and beat Burundi 1-0 after extra time in the semi-finals.Despite dropping one place to 75th, Uganda remains the best placed African country followed by Kenya and Rwanda.Burundi are down four places to 142, Ethiopia up two places to 143, Tanzania down five places to 147 while South Sudan are down one place to 153.Meanwhile, the African top three has not changed with Senegal, Cameroon and Egypt retaining their slots as the best three African countries.Rwanda is Africa’s best mover having gone seven places up to rank at 113th, much thanks to their home and away victory over Ethiopia in the African nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier last month.Libya is Africa’s biggest dropper having gone down 11 places to 88th.The top five worldwide hasn’t changes as well with Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium still ranked as the world’s best five teams.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
We hope all members are by now acquainted with our new website which is a lot easier to negotiate and has all the information required, and we welcome all overseas visitors to our site who might like to come to Narin & Portnoo Golf Club and play one of the best Links Courses in the North West of Ireland.Our Ulster Fourball Team made their exit from the competition last Sunday when they were unable to overturn the advantage that Portrush gained in the away leg.Nevertheless they put in a great effort in the competition and thanks to Frank McGinley and his team for representing the Club with distinction. Daragh Lyons will be holding Free Junior Coaching open to all Age 10 to 16 years every Friday at 5pm No Equipment Required.The Pro-Shop is fully stocked with all Narin & Portnoo crested clothing from shirts, sweaters, waterproofs, a large selection of shoes clubs to suit all and all other requirements for the golfer, if you think your game is a bit off Daragh will give you a lesson and there is also a full club repair service available.Results Sunday July 3rd 1st Shane Whittington (14) 36pts b.o.t., 2nd Gerald Mc Dwyer (11) 36pts, 3rd Harold Reid (8) 34pts, Front Nine Patrick A Gallagher 20pts, Back Nine Seamus Byrne 20pts Fixtures Sunday 10th July Single Stableford sponsored by Dolmen CentreGOLF NEWS: NAIRN AND PORTNOO TO HOST FREE JUNIOR COACHING was last modified: July 4th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
“I would not be so cynical as to say it helps the red states more than the blue states, but if you look where the prices are really high, it’s where the blue states are,” said Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. So here are three basic questions about this tax credit proposal: Will the mortgage credit be available for owners of houses costing more than the FHA loan limit in their community? Will owners of homes costing more than the FHA limit be able to take the interest credit up to the loan limit? If the answer to the last question is yes, just how the heck will the credit be computed? Turns out there’s no basic answer, at least not now. Tara Bradshaw, spokeswoman for the tax advisory panel, could not find anyone in the federal government who could answer those questions Friday. She did know that more details will be forthcoming when the full report is released Nov. 1. That will go to the secretary of the treasury, who will review it and pull out a final set of recommendations that will be sent to President George W. Bush. The White House is not tipping its hand. “We’re not going to prejudge a set of recommendations we have yet to receive over here. But the president is dedicated to increasing homeownership in the country,” said White House spokesman Ken Lisaius. Critics wonder how taking away the mortgage interest deduction will encourage someone to invest in a house. Freddie Mac, the mortgage giant that got its charter from Congress in 1970, can’t take a position on this hot political issue, a spokeswoman said. But it did crunch some numbers that might turn up the heat on proponents of the credit. The FHA loan limit averages about $300,000 nationwide. This year, 42 percent of mortgages issued by lenders were for homes costing more than $300,000. So it looks like the panel’s recommendation will have a broad impact. Expect intense lobbying efforts against the proposal by real estate-related trade associations. Dustin Hobbs, spokesman for the California Mortgage Bankers Association, said that the group is still trying to digest what the tax panel served up. It’s not going down easy. Home sales are on record levels, so why mess with a good thing? “We’re not too supportive,” Hobbs said. “We believe that the deduction, the way it’s set up right now, fosters homeownership.” Robert Kleinhenz, deputy chief economist at the California Association of Realtors, thinks this proposal will go where others like it went. Nowhere. “It won’t get out of the starting blocks,” he said. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now that the President’s Advisory Panel on Tax Reform recommends eliminating the big home-buying carrot, this much is clear. The real estate industry is seeing red and home buyers in California and other high-price areas are feeling blue. And the nonpartisan panel has set off what should be an intense political tiff. Early last week the panel released its plan for simplifying the complicated federal income tax code. Among the recommendations: eliminate the mortgage interest deduction and replace it with a 15 percent credit for mortgage interest paid during the year. That part sounds OK, since a credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in how much tax you owe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week What doesn’t sound OK is that the size of the mortgage qualifying for a credit is limited to the Federal Housing Administration loan limit. In Los Angeles County, the limit is $312,895. Houses here cost a lot more than that. The median price in September for a house in the county – be it new, used, single-family or condo, was $494,000, according to DataQuick Information Systems. In the Valley it was $545,000 for a previously owned house or condo, said the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Still unclear is just what impact this will have in high-cost markets.
The small fishing community of Downings is today coming to terms with the sudden loss of popular local fisherman, Garret Boyce.The Skipper reports his passing occurred on-board the McBride Fishing Company owned, MFV ‘Peadar Elaine II’, sometime before 4.00am on Saturday morning.The boat was fishing crab in the North Sea over the Christmas period and Mr Boyce was due to return home on December 27th. The late Mr Boyce, 44, had been a lifelong employee of McBride Fishing Company; joining the company in the 90’s and fishing on both the ‘Peadar Elaine’ and ‘Peadar Elaine II’.Hugh McBride, from the McBride Fishing Co, today described him as a valuable and much-loved member of the crew.The thoughts and prayers of all in our community go out to all his family, friends, his crewmates and the McBride Fishing Co at this difficult time.Sadness at sudden passing of well-known fisherman was last modified: December 27th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DowningsfishermanGarret Boyce
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